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    Game. Self explanatory. Please provide reasoning

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    PATRICK DELPECH
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    Vanessa Redgrave Playing For Time
    Matt Bomer The Normal Heart
    Jessica Lange American Horror Story
    Meryl Streep Angels in America
    Emma Thompson Wit
    Al Pacino Angels in America
    Jane Seymour War and Remembance
    Ben Kingsley Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story

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    paulsonalypse
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    Jessica Lange, American Horror Story 
    Meryl Streep, Angels in America
    Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
    Jon Hamm, Mad Men
    Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
    Sarah Paulson, The People V. OJ. Simpson: American Crime Story
    Glenn Close, Damages
    Robin Wright, House of Cards

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    Luca
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    • Viola Davis (How to Get Away With Murder)
    • Sarah Paulson (ACS: The People vs. O.J. Simpson)
    • Jessica Lange (AHS: Asylum)
    • Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
    • Carrie Coon (The Leftovers)
    • Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel)
    • Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel)
    • Richard Madden (Bodyguard)
    • Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
    • Nicole Kidman (Big Little Lies)
    • Claire Danes (Homeland)
    • Claire Foy (The Crown)
    • John Lithgow (The Crown)

    And so many more.

    Emmy voters must bend the knee to Lena Headey & Emilia Clarke for "Game of Thrones." It's their last chance to award them. Make it happen.

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    Thatcher, Prime Minister of GoldDerby
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    Thatcher’s faves are:

    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

    Claire Danes, Homeland

    Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

    Jessica Lange, American Horror Story

    James Gandolfini, The Sopranos

    Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

    Terry O’Quinn, Lost

    Michael Emerson, Lost

    Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

    Carrie Coon, The Leftovers

    Justin Theroux, The Leftovers

    Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel

    Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black

    Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

    Sarah Paulson, AHS Asylum/Freak Show

    Denis O’Hare, AHS Hotel

    Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan

    LENA HEADEY hasn't got an Emmy for Game of Thrones????? Emmys you need to win her right now!!
    If Lena Headey doesn't win the Emmy, I'm leaving GoldDerby forever.

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    ChargerFan
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    Gosh, of all time? That’s a toughie. I’ll list the ones who either touched me deeply in some way, blew me away with their performances or made me laugh until I cried. In some cases, all three. I could list a hundred, but here are 10, in alphabetical order.

    1. Beatrice Arthur, The Golden Girls
    2. Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
    3. Francis Conroy, Six Feet Under
    4. Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
    5. Kelsey Grammer, Frasier
    6. Jane Kaczmarek, Malcom in the Middle
    7. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, Old Christine, Seinfeld
    8. John Noble, Fringe
    9. Mary Lynn Rajskub, 24
    10. Robin Wright, House of Cards

    Special mention to the cast of Lost, particularly Junjin Kim, Michael Emerson, Matthew Fox and Terry O’Quinn. I could have done a Top 10 with this cast alone!

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    Tyler
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    JLD gave the best performance on television across comedy or drama, male or female, of the past decade, and I really don’t think my opinion will be swayed.

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    Taking in account the quantity of performances as well as their quality:

    Elisabeth Moss for Mad Men and The Handmaid’s Tale. She was obviously also great on The West Wing and Top of The Lake, but what she did in Mad Men‘s “The Suitcase” along with The Handmaid’s Tale‘s “Holly” takes the cake.

    Laura Dern, who was great in Enlightened before she had two huge hits in 2017 as the cultural icon Renata in Big Little Lies and the enigmatic Diane in Twin Peaks and following that up with The Tale.

    Carrie Coon for The Leftovers and Fargo. She was really great in Fargo, my favorite of the three protagonists, but my god was she astonishing on The Leftovers. “Lens,” “Guest,” “Don’t Be Ridiculous,” and of course “The Book of Nora” all floored me.

    For singular performances, I’d also include:

    Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad, Matthew Rhys for The Americans, and Matthew McConaughey for True Detective, which are all obvious choices but were all fantastic.

    Thandie Newton in Westworld, a role with incredible range that initially earns your fearful respect before Season 2 rolls around and she’s the show’s emotional anchor. I think all of the show’s main performances are perfect, but her role is definitely the easiest to digest and appreciate in the sprawling sci-fi epic where things make sense only after like, eight episodes each season.

    Claire Foy in The Crown; just watch her.

    Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones for that vicious rage at his trial in Season 4, and Lena Headey for carrying the later, worse seasons with the Walk of Shame and her subsequent “confessional” vengeance.

    Justin Theroux in The Leftovers, who has to show every human emotion possible because the show is totally insane but he always kills it.

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    Most of these are due to recency bias though.


    The Golden Girls (there has never been a more iconic group of gals than these four, with their outrageous chemistry and great acting)


    Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (in my opinion, the defining actress [or actor, in general] of her show whose done nothing but kill every single line [or window] handed to her, and gives one of the most memorable performances of the decade)


    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (what Tyler said, there’s nothing to convince me that she didn’t give the greatest performance this decade and probably the greatest comedy performance of all time)


    Thandie Newton, Westworld (just going to leave this here, because if you watched the show, then you know why I listed her)


    Robin Wright, House of Cards (gives the performance definition of an ice, cold queen like no other in Netflix’s flagship show, and does it brilliantly no matter what, even if her costars’ performances and writing suffer, delivering 6 seasons of Emmy-worthy performances)

    “No user starts this shady” - someone culturally relevant.

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    Ed O’neal – Al Bundy. The greatest TV character of all time!

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    Mickmack
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    Darling, that’s taste.

    Comedies dont count?

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    Thatcher, Prime Minister of GoldDerby
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    Darling, that’s taste.

    I know, darling. Your Prime Minister never disappoints.

    LENA HEADEY hasn't got an Emmy for Game of Thrones????? Emmys you need to win her right now!!
    If Lena Headey doesn't win the Emmy, I'm leaving GoldDerby forever.

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